Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Psalm 15

Psalm 15:1-5
A Psalm of David.

O Lord, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
[2] He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
[3] He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
[4] In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
But who honors those who fear the Lord;
He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
[5] He does not put out his money at interest,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things will never be shaken.

We Christians should all know about imputed righteousness. Imputed righteousness is that which we receive by faith. It's the righteousness of Christ that God reckons to our account when we trust His son as Savior and Lord. Without imputed righteousness we would have no hope. With it we become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21)!

What about ethical righteousness? Imputed righteousness is our standing before God but what about our present state? Are we living righteous lives? Are we living like children of heaven? Does our behavior match who we are and claim to be? The great blight of modern Christianity is that so many of its adherents are orthodox in their beliefs and ungodly in their behavior!

Psalm 15 describes the proper lifestyle of heavenly citizens. It's a beautiful description of ethical righteousness. How does your life stack up? Do you walk in integrity without hypocrisy? Reread these verses and ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart.

Let's commit ourselves to being a people who believe the right things and do the right things for the Father's glory. We want to be orthodox in our faith and our actions! Amen?

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